January 2017

Impact study on pharmacy automatisation

Context

  • Hospital pharmacy stocks represent 15 to 20% of all hospital operating costs
  • Implementation of stock management robots improves efficiency, the patient safety, traceability of medicines and reduces staff implication
  • Automation requires large investments : in this case 210k€ for the equipment and 210k€ for the implementation (IT, transformation work, maintainance…) therefore directors may be reluctant to invest.

Analysis

  • Interview of 25+ employees of Mulhouse (FR) hospital who were involved or impacted by the robot implementation, to identify pains, gains and evolution of processes
  • Quantification of financial and organisational impacts, both direct and indirect and at three different levels

Results

  • Reduction of 4.3% stock value (176k€ less cash-flow immobilised)
  • Reduction of 28% in hospital staff mobilisation, resulting in 47K€ savings per year and redeployment of employees on higher value-added tasks
  • Optimisation of storage and extra space made available
  • The impacts were positive as savings generated by the robot implementation and organisational changes add up to 443k€ over a 15 years amortisation period and a return on investment after 4 years.